Three trailers conveying illegal immigrants to Ekiti State ahead of the forthcoming Ekiti governorship election have been intercepted in Lokoja, the Kogi State capital by officials of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS).
Vanguard reported that officers of Nigerian Navy intercepted the trailers at the Naval post in Banda (a surburb of Lokoja) and later handed them over to the immigration officers.
The immigrants are mainly young men, few women and young children and were convened in three different trailer trucks with registration number XD 1464 LD, SRZ 148 XA and KMC 514 ZV.
Some of the immigrants before they were condoned off by the immigration staff revealed they are on their way to Ekiti state.
A source within the immigration corroborated the story.
He said some of them confessed to the Command during interrogation that they were going to Ekiti to vote in the forthcoming governorship election.
They even allegedly displayed their voters’ cards, he said.
The source said some of the suspects disclosed to them that they have been mobilized for the forthcoming Ekiti State governorship election.
However few others claimed they are traders heading to Okene where they sell food stuffs.
Vanguard’s visit to the State Immigration headquarter, Lokoja, shows that the travellers have been interrogated by the Immigration officers.
The Public Relation officer of Kogi State Immigration command, Mr. Olasunkami Salami confirmed the news to Vanguard on phone.
He said the command is still profiling the immigrants to ascertain where they are coming from and where they are going.
He promised to inform the news medium of the outcome, however, he is yet to do so.